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Mount Rinjani - Lombok

 

 

 

 

 

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Lombok's only volcano, Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is located in the northern part of Lombok Island. Mount Rinjani is 3726m high overlooking a spectacular blue lake called Danau Segara Anak ( Child of the Sea Lake). Within the lake is a new volcanic cone called Mount Baru Jari which began forming only a few hundred years ago. Mount Baru Jari now reaches a height of 2376m above sea level.

 

In 2004 Mount Rinjani won the World Legacy Award and is now recognised as an international tourist destination.

Mount Rinjani had minor eruptions early in 2009 though has quietened down and is now safe for visiting and trekking. The volcanic activity which began in April 2009 came from Mount Baru Jari. The trekking trails were closed as a precaution though these have now re-opened as the volcanic activity has ceased.

Just at the northern base of Gunung Rinjani is some caves called Goa Susu.

Getting to Mount Rinjani

It takes around 4 hours by car to get to Senaru from Senggigi or Mataram airport. There are around 10 basic, budget hotels in Senaru for staying overnight before leaving early in the morning to trek up Mount Rinjani.

 

 

Last updated 2nd January 2010

Mount Rinjani Lombok

Trekking Mount Rinjani

There are two towns that you can start a trekking trip to the top of Mount Rinjani with 2, 3 and 4 day trekking options available.

The majority of people leave from Senaru which is located to the north of Gunung Rinjani. From Senaru it is a 6 hour trek to the lake where there are base camps for sleeping overnight. From the lake it is a further 3 hour trek to the summit of Gunung Rinjani.

The other village where you can commence a trekking trip up Mount Rinjani is called Sembalun Lawang. From Senaru by car it takes around 1 hour to get to Sembalun. The trekking from Sembalun Lawang is slighly easier as is not as step though take a little longer to get to the lake and base camps.

The best time of year to trek up Gunung Rinjani is during the dry season from April through to November. It is still possible to trek during the rainy season though at this time of year the volcano is often shrouded in cloud and mist making trekking wet, slippery and also limits the photo opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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